Quilt No.419VI - Val Ireland

Val Ireland
Owner: 
Val Ireland
Location: 
QLD South West
Maker
Maker: 
Emily Ireland
Made in
AUSTRALIA NSW
Date: 
1921 - 1940
Description: 
Utilitarian quilt. The padding is pieced used clothing and possibly reused blanket. The top and backing are machine pieced cotton scraps in a wide variety of pattern and colours.
1626 x 1601mm
History: 

The internal quilt, now the padding, was made by Emily Ireland (born Metz) 1889-1933 in the late 1920s. It then passed to her son Eric 1924-1994 who was orphaned when he was 12. He took it with him when he married Val who made the new top and backing in 1952 in Penrith NSW. It is not used now.

Story: 

" My grandmother had a lot of Waggas, on the old couches, on the sleepouts. My aunties had them too, they lived in the country and used them for warmth. I learnt about Waggs from them."
[Val Ireland 14.1.98]

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